Garage roof catches fire in Cornelius
A small attic fire in the garage of a home in Cornelius was quickly extinguished by firefighters on Monday afternoon, May 7.
The home, located in the 400 block of South 26th Avenue, had apparent fire damage to the roof and solar panels attached to the roof. There was also water damage to the contents of the garage, but the home itself was not damaged, according to the Cornelius Fire Department.
Cornelius Fire Division Chief Patrick Wineman said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The homeowner, Patrick Welch, has lived in the home for seven years and just recently installed solar panels on his roof to help offset electricity costs. Because the damage was limited to the garage, it is likely that Welch will be able to stay in his home tonight, Wineman said.
Firefighters from Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston and Hillsboro took part in the firefighting effort. The Washington Country Sheriff's Office and MetroWest Ambulance also responded to the scene.
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